La Plazuela at La Fonda on the Plaza

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La Plazuela was the hotel’s original 1920s patio and it retains that sunlit Old World charm. Skylights flood the dining room with natural light and handsome carved furnishings, artisanal lighting, and our much-loved hand painted windows create a beautiful, inviting room to gather, to dine and to make memories in. The menu was crafted to showcase old favorites with New World influences and authentic New Mexican cuisine, and our award-winning wine list is exceptional. La Plazuela at La Fonda on the Plaza is Santa Fe’s gathering place. Come dine with us! *We do not accept reservations for breakfast and lunch, it is walk-in based only.*
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Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We had a 6:30 reservation and upon arrival were told we would have to wait 20 minutes for a table. This was disappointing since we had made the reservation ahead of time. We ended up waiting about 15 minutes in total. The server was reserved but friendly. We ordered the Waygu appetizer, Buffalo tenderloin and tortilla soup. All were fabulous! It was a bit pricey overall, but we were on our anniversary so it was a special occasion. Our server brought us complimentary sorbet for our anniversary which was a nice surprise. We would go back next time in Santa Fe.

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S
Atlanta
15 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Lovely setting in the lobby of La Fonda Hotel. The food was good —not outstanding like other restaurants in Santa Fe. The service was very slow even though we arrived earlier when the restaurant was half occupied. Our wait person was very friendly and when I joked with him that I was about to go in the kitchen and volunteer to help, our entrees arrived pronto. Mine was not very warm as if it had been plated some time before he retrieved it. Just sayin’...

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B
Dallas
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Average restaurant experience. Food was ok but not great and a bit pricey. Server was slow and less than friendly. There are much better options in Santa Fe. I won't eat at La Fonda again.

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KJ
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Top-notch in service and quality! We had an excellent time celebrating my husband's 45th birthday with la Plazuela. So much fun to return after all these years, and bring my own family to the table.

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JJ
New Mexico
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always have a consistent experience at La Plazuela, good service and delicious food.

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K
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dinner at La Plazuela was everything we hoped it would be. The dining room was beautifully decorated with a wonderful Santa Fe vibe. We were seated right next to the center fountain. Nice! The food was excellent and the service was attentive. The hotel had a relaxed bustling feel to it. It was also fun to window shop before our meal. Highly recommended! We’ll be back!

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DP
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Fun, upbeat experience after following a day of interminable traveling. We chose light fare... really hit the spot! Colorful Mexican restaurant!

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ML
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Had a great evening and outstanding server. Food was good although rather pricy for the quantity. Drinks very expensive and margaritas (which were excellent) 50% higher in price than in the neighboring bar which was steps away and served both the bar and restaurant.

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New Mexico
8 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful place,excellent food!!thanks again

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W
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food, location and ambiance were all very good, but Gaspar made the evening a great one. He went out of his way to work with my children, even finding non-menu small tortillas to substitute for sweet potato tortillas. He guided us all through the menu to excellent choices - was never rushing, but always ready. Ask for him when you!

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Austin
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Ambiance was amazing and our server was super friendly and professional, just didn’t come to check on us very often and we needed drink refills. The food was great, but portions were small and prices were a little high IMO. That’s why we gave it 3 stars.

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T
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant. Great food. Receptionist taken with herself and feelings of self importance. Once past the door, everything was wonderful.

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MP
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Plazuela provides a wonderful atmosphere to enjoy a good meal.
Whether you are a local looking for a night out or you want to give someone
visiting our beautiful city a sample of tasty cuisine, La Plazuela will not disappoint.

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Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

Just your average Mexican restaurant

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful place to sit and enjoy the food and drinks and watch all the tourists

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CM
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 3

Over the years we make a point of eating here when we visit Sante Fe, but have not been for a while. The red chile was tasteless but for salt!. Chile rellanos were soggy on the outside, cold cheese on the inside. Sooooo heartbroken that the food was so disappointing. Our favorite is no longer. The service was exceptional though.

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice place with great service from Francisco.

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Oklahoma City
6 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebration while in Santa Fe great food, service was great! Love the La Fonda Hotel, many happy times there!

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HD
New Mexico
54 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Plazuela never disappoints. The food and service was terrific. The ambiance is truly old style authentic New Mexico which always thrills out-of-town guests. Good job.

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JO
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the table side guacamole and it was delicious. Cocktails were very tasty and the Enchiladas al Norte were so good and the portions were very generous. Margie took great care of us and answered any questions. Our meals were everything we could have wanted.

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J
New Mexico
20 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

A little disappointing, though we normally enjoy the meals at La Plazuela. Our food was not hot, only warm, cheese enchiladas were missing cheese inside, asked for extra chile, but got same amount. But the filet was tasty.

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Tucson
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

After a long day's drive, we wanted a early evening. Be sure to reserve a table as it is a very sought after restaurant in the Plaza area. We had the buffalo and the tortilla soup and chili relleno. The buffalo and tortilla soup were excellent, chili relleno was so so. Would go again and try other dishes.

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Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved La Plazuela at La Fonda! My husband and I were focusing on healthy food and the fajitas for two met the mark!

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NO
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Has been one of my places for food for the last 30 years going to Santa Fe

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KC
Kansas City
15 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time and enjoyed our first taste of New Mexican food. Excellent service. Loved the table side guac!

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BD
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food and great ambiance. This is a well known treasure and is worth planning ahead for reservations

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Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

It was ok, I expected more in the ambience dept. the fountain didn’t even reach a foot high, kind of disappointing. The $22.00 margaritas were served in daiquiri glasses. The black beans were just ok.

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DP
New Mexico
7 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

Looked up menu on line and when we got to restaurant found none of the entrees on the menu. Food was mediocre and so was the service. We belong to the Birthday club and we probably won’t go back

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New Mexico
18 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thanks for the opportunity. From the moment we sat down (table ready immediately) and the waiter (Armando) wished us Happy Anniversary (our 29th) we knew we made the right choice. Good staff always makes or breaks the evening or event and La Plazuela shined! Armando was patient and helped us with the dishes we were interested in and recommended drinks. We started with the caesar and a delicious and refreshing watermelon salad with creamed goat cheese a drizzle of balsamic and arugula. these we shared as well as the shrimp fajitas for one which easily could have served three. A completary flan which was beautiful and exceptional. Not our first rodeo so we were careful to pick this restaurant where we have been many times! looking forward to our next dinner there! ETS

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Attended here with my family while we were on vacation in Santa Fe. Enjoyed our time there! Food was excellent, waiter was prompt and kind. Place was beautiful, surprisingly quieter than one would expect and unique.

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New Orleans
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 2

Mediocre, miserable and muddled.

Drinks took 25 minutes to arrive... We were told that the Special Of The Day (described as “absolutely the best”) was available and then moments later it was not available.

Bread arrived unceremoniously; as did the drinks and the food. NO apology for the lateness of the drinks; to be fair someone (maybe a/the manager) did come up to our table as he had noticed that we were still waiting and asked us what we had ordered (presumably we had a table number/my name??) - BUT it still took a while for them to arrive. Any DECENT restaurant would have given the drinks to us gratis because of the delay... but not here.

Food = lukewarm; soggy, overcooked vegetables; poorly seasoned; fish tacos truly repellent - supermarket bought cheap tacos: fish I’d say out of a can - INSIPID.

We told the front of house as we left that we were deeply disappointed by the dinner. She said we could speak to a manager; we said yes, and then nothing happened.

Our waiter was called Angel which turned out not to be a good omen; in truth, the whole experience was awful; oh, my wife did like the painted glass partitions.

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Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the location and especially the ambience of the hotel. Food was great and service was extraordinary. If you’re in Santa Fe and want a special dining experience, by all means go to La Fonda. We’ll go again next time in Santa Fe!

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PR
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great service, food was good and value was good.
Great place for all occasion

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LF
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Food is way to expensive for what it is... Not worth the prices at all.

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Tucson
419 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Outstanding guacamole made fresh table side! Entrees were very good. Service was great. Dining room is beautiful. Not 5 star, but a very good choice.

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EB
Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Plazuela had wonderful food and excellent service at reasonable prices. My husband had the fajitas and I had the mahi-mahi. Both were perfectly prepared.

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DW
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was amazing and the service outstanding!

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MH
New England
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. Tasty meal choices and desserts!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Girls trip

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ST
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Prime Rib was prepared perfectly and the service was great!

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